- Start a Mastermind Group – Class begins May 15
- When Is It Time to Leave Your Mastermind Group?
- Before Adding New Mastermind Group Members
- The Value of Many Minds
- Non-Disclosures are Necessary in Mastermind Groups
- Starting Mastermind Groups: Three Key Steps
- Mastermind Group Facilitator Training Begins Jan 22
April 29, 2013
Creating a Mastermind group will enhance your business and your life.
In this 3-week teleseminar series, you will learn how to:
- Help people distinguish between a mastermind group, group coaching, and training classes
- Pick what type of people should attend your mastermind group
- Choose to facilitate, participate, or both
- Select your mastermind group’s niche and type
- Decide where to hold meetings
- Determine if your group should be free or paid
- Create meeting agendas
- Prepare for your first meeting
- Write group guidelines
- Determine why mastermind groups fail — and how to fix problems before they start
This teleseminar series begins May 15. Click here to read more about this class, and get started on creating your own mastermind group!
April 4, 2013
There comes a time in every life when transition and transformation become inevitable. So, too, with your membership in your mastermind group.
Here’s what I say in my class about why people leave a group (and when to know it’s time):
- You find that you are not excited about going to meetings…or worse, you dread going
- You find that you cannot trust some of the members of the group
- You find that you cannot be completely authentic in the group
- You find that your brainstorming needs are not being met in the group (you’ve outgrown them)
- You find that your goals have changed and this group is no longer the right group for you
- You find that the group is not holding you accountable (they’re letting you slide)
- You find that you don’t want to participate in discussions when someone else is on the Hot Seat
- You have nothing more to mastermind about, and you don’t want to be on the Hot Seat
- You resist setting action plans or making goals
- You have achieved success and don’t feel you need the same level of support that you needed earlier in your life/business
- You simply want a break from masterminding
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a break from your mastermind group. Once you know that being part of a mastermind group no longer suits your needs, talk to the group about it and exit gracefully.
March 29, 2013
Have an extra seat in your mastermind group that you’d like to fill?
Here are some things to consider when bringing in a new mastermind group member to an existing group.
When you have an already-formed mastermind group who has been working together and bonding with each other for a long time, bringing in a new member can be a challenge — and a breath of fresh air. Here’s what to consider:
- Mastermind groups are essentially democracies, so the first task is to vote on whether to bring in a new member to fill an empty seat, or just leave the seat empty. It’s important for the group to discuss the pros and cons, and come to consensus about what’s right for the group.
- Decide what type of personality traits, skill levels, etc. you want in the new person. What will be a good match with existing members? (Remember, having opposite personality types is often a good thing, sparking creative thinking and a different world view.)
- See if any existing members have someone they’d like to invite to apply for the seat. It’s important to discuss that bringing in a close friend may create a clique that makes others feel excluded, so ask people if they feel that their friendship with the new person might interrupt their connection to the other mastermind group members.
- If no one in the group has a name to throw into the ring, advertise that you have a seat available through your normal mastermind marketing channels.
- Ask the prospective members to fill out an application and/or conduct a phone interview with them.
- Consider having “finalists” come to a mastermind group meeting to get a taste for how the group works and to see if there is a synergy between the new person and the group.
- After the group meets the new person, have them vote in private whether this new person is a good fit for the group or not. This will empower the group and makes them accountable for bringing in a new person and taking them under the group’s wing.
I suggest you never let your mastermind group get below 4 people. Remember, many mind create good masterminding!